Chrysler’s Ram pickup to receive new Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, 8-speed transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 8, 2012

A Chrysler Group filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed that the Ram pickup, which is set to be launched in April, will have both an eight-speed transmission and the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6. The voluntary annual filing detailed the various new features of the upcoming variant of the company's bestselling automobile.

The SEC document appeared on the company's website at on Tuesday. According to the filing, the new eight-speed transmission lowers fuel consumption by up to 12% over the company's present five-speed transmissions like the one currently in the Ram. It also disclosed that Chrysler will add the Ram pickup this year to the list of its automobiles that have the Pentastar V-6.

Presently, Ram has a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 215 hp. The 3.6-liter Pentastar produces 285 hp. The filing also disclosed that Chrysler is utilizing new lightweight axles for the pickup in an effort to lessen the weight. 

All in all, the three powertrain changes promise to significantly enhance the pickup's present EPA estimated fuel economy of 14 city/20 highway mpg, perhaps even competing against the class-leading fuel economy of 16 city/22 highway mpg of Ford Motor Co. 

A company spokesperson declined to comment on the details of the upcoming Ram. In addition, Chrysler has already briefed automotive journalists regarding the new Ram on an "embargo" basis, which means that the journalists had agreed not to reveal the information until April. Surprisingly, Chrysler's filing revealed a lot of those details in public.

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